Robert Gans

Composer, Pianist, Writer, Teacher
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IN THE WORKS

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  WELCOME to the 2021 edition of robertgansmusic.com!  I hope you are well! 

This website is a portfolio of my work.  I hope you enjoy exploring the content.

 

  • COMPOSITION & RECORDINGS: Now that my latest album The Presence of That Absence has been released for distribution to over 30 streaming music sites, What's next?  Rather than targeting a new project for a specific style or audience, I have decided to clear the decks and start developing fresh material without any constraints in a new music notebook.  This will allow me to experiment and push my boundaries as a composer in new directions.  Meanwhile, recordings of my work can be heard by clicking on the SOUNDS page or by clicking on the Soundcloud button below.  

  • SPOTLIGHT:  Please check out this new page containing the 2019 Parma Recordings of Love Dance and Crossing The River from Blue Ballet Suite recorded by members of the Ergon Ensemble in Athens, Greece.  Ready for some choreography and dancers!   

  • POEMS:  My latest set of eight poems entitled 2020 VISIONS is on the POEMS page.

  • PLAYS:  "Luminous!" "Magical!" "A triumph of the human spirit!"  No, these are not words written by theater critics in praise of one of my plays, though I wish they were.  They are the words I used as reference points to describe the desired effect of my play Debussy's Daughter.  The Skyladder, Hail Mary, Debussy's Daughter and Cleopatra's Tomb were a lot of work, fun to write and read, and provided sanctuary from the cares of the world.  Even if they are never produced, I have to agree with one actor who said, "I think you have something very special there."  See the Plays page for more details.

  • PUBLISHING AND SYNC:  Eraser Music is my ASCAP affiliated publishing entity created for the purpose of marketing my music to the film and TV sync market.  So far it's proving to be a tough nut to crack due to the bottomless algorithmic pit of metadata mediocrity in the current surge of music and video productions.

  • PIANO:  I will narrate and perform a program with the title Islands in the Stream at the Portland Conservatory's Noonday Concert on Thursday, Dec. 2nd at 12:15.  The program includes an excerpt from Michel Legrand's Grammy award winning composition Images, my Blue Ballet Suite Movements 1 & 2, Debussy's Clair de Lune, Liszt's Consolation No. 3 and Dancing on Water from my latest album release The Presence of That Absence.  For more information please see my latest blog.

 

  • MUSIC EDUCATION:  In person lessons have resumed at the Portland Conservatory and it feels so good be back in action at our new location!    

My music is available online at the following links:   

COMMENTS BY LISTENERS AND CRITICS

"It's a great piece and certainly worthy of attention!" - Brandon MacNeil, Parma Recordings A&R Director commenting on Blue Ballet Suite

 

"I listened to your recordings – very nice!  Great chord changes throughout (Dancing On Water was really sweet!), keyboard work and vocals – reminds me a little of Steely Dan mixed with Stevie Wonder and Level 42. I had no idea you could sing like that.  I especially liked Robo-Girl!  Your friend Richard has a nice touch on guitar, too.  Congrats!"

- Ken Eichler, Songwriter for Showtime's City on a Hill

"Thank you so much for your great performance.  We really enjoyed it." - Opus 1 Music Studio 

"I enjoyed Robert Gans' performance of his own Dreamscapes...virtuoso pieces in a neo-romantic style that has deep roots in American music... Gans is at his best when most daring."  

- Christopher Hyde, Portland Press Herald

"Your playing is fantastic and the selection of pieces is wonderful.  I will be buying more of your CDs."

"Thanks so much for sharing your orchestra compositions with me.  They are amazing pieces.  They really should be heard."

"Soundscape for piano and Rhapsodic Variations played by the composer, showed that the romantic style is alive and well at the conservatory." - Portland Press Herald

"The Streets of Portland is a fun filled nod to the Victorian era and Irish culture with enhancing musical accompaniment by composer Robert Gans." - Portland Press Herald

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